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    questions about ALAC free codec [also how to make a Xmms alac plugin]

    ok so it is now free and open source



    and doing this puts it on my system


    Code:
    sudo apt-get install subversion
    Code:
    svn checkout http://svn.macosforge.org/repository/alac/trunk ALAC
    Code:
    cd ALAC/codec
    Code:
    make

    BUT that all goes well but when i run alacconvert as a command


    i get
    Code:
    alacconvert: command not found


    so my first question is how do you use this to compress and decompress alac files


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    my second question is how to make a Xmms alac plugin; since it is now open source there are no obstacles apart from knowing how to


    any of you learned chaps see a way there?
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    Re: questions about ALAC free codec [also how to make a Xmms alac plugin]

    To build the alacconvert utility there is an extra step, try running the following 3 commands:

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    $ cd ALAC/convert-utility
    $ sed -i_bak 's/$(CC) $(LFLAGS) $(OBJS) -o alacconvert/$(CC) $(OBJS) -o alacconvert $(LFLAGS)/' makefile
    $ make
    and then copy alacconvert to somewhere on your $PATH such as /usr/local/bin. Hopefully that gets it going for you?
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    Re: questions about ALAC free codec [also how to make a Xmms alac plugin]

    My version (the medibuntu version) of avconv says that it supports both decoding and encoding of ALAC, if that helps.

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    Re: questions about ALAC free codec [also how to make a Xmms alac plugin]

    ok thnx well Andrew that helps altho it does not run an alac as m4a but a caf what the funk is a caf?

    yes thanx evil one avconv and ffmpeg do conversions for that really well


    just trying to see about this source code thing tho




    NOW the prize money my real wish here is for an xmms plugin

    who has the know-how to work from the source code to the plugin? sadly i do not
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    Re: questions about ALAC free codec [also how to make a Xmms alac plugin]

    Quote Originally Posted by shantiq View Post
    ok thnx well Andrew that helps altho it does not run an alac as m4a but a caf what the funk is a caf?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_Audio_Format
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    Re: questions about ALAC free codec [also how to make a Xmms alac plugin]

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsoup View Post
    My version (the medibuntu version) of avconv says that it supports both decoding and encoding of ALAC, if that helps.
    FFmpeg reverse engineered ALAC decoding in 2005, and encoding in 2008 (I think). However, nobody has implemented the reference decoder or encoder. Probably not much interest since the native ones work well.

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    Re: questions about ALAC free codec [also how to make a Xmms alac plugin]

    Quote Originally Posted by shantiq View Post
    my real wish here is for an xmms plugin
    Why? Just convert that ALACrap to FLAC.

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    Re: questions about ALAC free codec [also how to make a Xmms alac plugin]

    nothing crap about alac Temujin; i love that format flac is good too
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